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Waterways and Canal-Building in Medieval England

John Blair


A book centring on late Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman canals may come as a surprise; it is generally assumed that no such things existed. Persuasive evidence has, however, been unearthed independently by several scholars, and has stimulated this first serious study of improved waterways in England between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries. England is naturally well-endowed with a network of navigable rivers, especially the easterly systems draining into the Thames, Wash, and Humber. The central middle ages saw innovative and extensive development of this network, including the digging of ca ... More

Keywords: late Anglo-Saxon canals, Anglo-Norman canals, Thames, Wash, Humber, water-transport, landscape, settlement patterns, inter-regional contacts, medieval England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723134
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780198723134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Blair, editor
Lecturer in Modern History, Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology, Queen's College, Oxford

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